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General News Archive - August 26, 2005

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - A fire tore through a six-storey Paris apartment block housing African immigrants on Friday, killing 17 people -- about half of them children, French officials said.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited CIA inspector general's report on the agency's performance before the September 11, 2001, attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a dozen former and current agency officials, the New York Times reported on Friday.

By Nigel Hunt LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blackouts were ordered in southern California on Thursday afternoon following the loss of a major transmission line with about 500,000 homes impacted for almost an hour before service was restored.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China may release a dissident from prison to coincide with Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States next month, analysts said on Friday, a ploy commonly used in the run-up to top-level Sino-U.S. exchanges.

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday after hammering Florida's crowded southeast coast with hours of fierce winds and whipping rains, leaving 2 million people without power and killing four.

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has grown this year by more than the 9,000 settlers evacuated under a plan to cede some occupied land, an Israeli government official said on Friday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The widow of American banker Robert Kissel planned to murder him "in cold blood" and there was no basis for her to say she acted out of self-defense, prosecutors told a Hong Kong court on Friday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil edged back toward a record high of $68 a barrel on Friday as dealers feared Hurricane Katrina would threaten Gulf of Mexico rigs supplying the United States, the world's largest fuel burner.

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran hopes to present a new plan to European Union powers within a month to resolve its nuclear stand-off with the West, its chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said on Friday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil held firmly above $67 a barrel on Friday as dealers feared Hurricane Katrina would threaten Gulf of Mexico rigs supplying the United States, the world's largest fuel burner.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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